Photo: Mount Baker Park, CC
At its best, a family picnic is a mini vacation: a chance to leave the day-to-day routine behind and spend some time together out under the open sky. These favorite picnic spots around Seattle offer a range of experiences, from farm fun to tide-pooling to hiking.
What they have in common are beauty, bathrooms (important!) and that sense of getting away from it all.
Mount Baker Park, Seattle
This leafy lakefront park is the northern launching point for this year’s Bicycle Sunday, an event held on 12 Sundays in spring and summer when the city closes three scenic miles of Lake Washington Blvd. to motorized traffic, and bicycles roll free (2521 Lake Park Dr. S., Seattle). The most popular place to picnic is probably near the lifeguard-posted swimming area on the lakefront, but there are many lovely shady spots in the inland part of the park; look for the playground on the southwest corner off South McClellan St.
Eats: Pick up a wood-fired pizza and a salad at Mioposto Pizza, just across the street from the Mount Baker Park playground. Sit on one of the stools and watch your pizza being fired up. (3601 S. McClellan St., Seattle).